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Next NCA Meeting

Wed., November 20, 2013
7:
00 PM Promptly
Senior Services of Metro Atlanta
1705 Commerce Drive N.W
Atlanta, Georgia 30318
MAYOR KASIM REED
TO
ADDRESS THE NCA

The Northwest Community Alliance (NCA) is pleased to
announce that Mayor Kasim Reed will be our guest speaker at
the next meeting of the NCA to be held Wednesday evening,  
November 20 at 7PM.
The event will be held at the Senior
Services Center of Metropolitan Atlanta (aka-Meals on Wheels)
located at 1705 Commerce Drive NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30318.

Mayor Reed has lived in Fulton County for most of his life and
is a graduate of Westlake High School and is also a graduate
of Howard University with a degree in political science, later
going on to receive his law degree from the same institution.

He worked for the law firms of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and
Walker and then Holland and Knight, where he became a
partner.  Mayor Reed was elected to the Georgia House in
1998 and then to the George Senate in
2002. In 2009 Kasim
Reid was elected as the 59th Mayor of the City of Atlanta.

Mayor Reed has put together a very strong and effective
cabinet, many of whom have spoken to the NCA including
former COO, Peter Aman, Police Chief Turner, Public Works
Commissioner Richard Mendoza, and former Beltline CEO,
Brian Leary, a member of the NCA board.

Mayor Reed has been an effective and strong leader in
Atlanta. He has worked closely with Governor Deal and the
Georgia legislature in numerous efforts to help the city.  
Mayor Reed has excellent credentials with the business
community and has been responsive to the neighborhoods.    
Mayor Reed was a top surrogate for President Obama in his
last campaign and made numerous appearances on Sunday
news shows.

Keeping the Falcons in Atlanta has been a major priority for
the mayor. Mayor Reed had to navigate many competing
interests including the governor's refusal to have state funds
pay for a portion of a new stadium. The mayor understood
that a world class city need to keep a major sports team,
particularly in the heart of Atlanta. He worked well over a year
with the able Frank Poe, head of the Georgia World Congress
Center as well as the Falcons to strike a deal that would allow
for a new stadium. When it looked as if the Falcons had
pivoted to the very unpopular and inexplicable north site, the
Mayor jumped in with both feet and refused to accept that
location. He worked with the churches and the other key
parties to reach accommodation for the south site. It was not
an easy task. The adjacent neighborhoods, the NCA, city
planners and others, understood that
a location adjacent to a
MARTA station was critical. In addition, most of us believe
that the south site was vital for the revitalization of Vine City
and English Avenue, the main component for many of us
backing the stadium deal.  In addition the mayor has been
front and center in a very tedious and also complicated effort
to effectively implement the community benefits agreement.

Mayor Reed has graciously agreed to take questions after his
remarks.  

With thanks

Mike Koblentz
Chair
Northwest Community Alliance
Byrere@aol.com
404-641-6005

FUND RAISING DRIVE UNDERWAY
The Northwest Community Alliance after
several years of adequate financing
primarily through the good graces of Bates
Ace Hardware is now seeking funding.  
While we do not spend too many dollars
we need funding for our meeting space,
food suppliers and other expenses.   For
now we will be collecting donations at our
meetings and we would appreciate any of
your  generous support.

We have received $500.00 from various
folks. We still will accept any funds either
at our meeting or by mail (c/o Mike
Koblentz-payable to NCA-1479 Kenwood
Ave. NW Atlanta, Ga. 30309.  We will be
paying $375.00 to the Senior Center which
will leave us 375 or so for other expenses
including food, and re-registration for the
state and our web site.
Special thanks to Tawn Chi of Lunchbox
Atlanta for the fine food that she serves
at every NCA meeting in 2012. Please
visit her new location at 1800 Peachtree
St, the MacQuarium Building. (Parking
validated)
Many thanks to Vince Smith, the able
head of Gateway, one of the true
success stories in Atlanta for the
homeless.  Vince has done our books
for years and he just lifts a heavy
burden for us by being so diligent.  
Thanks to the under appreciated Vince.  
You are terrific!